Yes, I did sneak in. No, I didn’t get caught. On a recent road trip I was flying from a speech in Grand Junction, Colorado to a speech in Montana, and had to lay over for 5 long hours in Denver’s Airport.
As you might know, United Airlines has a posh “Red Carpet Club” where they dispense free coffee, offer comfy chairs, and work stations where you can charge your laptops and work in peace.
I wanted in. But I’m not a member. Yet I got in.
I just approached a guy entering the club, and asked him if he’d take me in as his guest. (Each member can take in a guest or two at no charge to them.) I smiled. I must have seemed harmless. So he agreed and took me in. And then we went our separate ways. (The club in Denver is BIG.)
What was the best part? The free coffee? Nope. The fact that I really needed to crank on some emails and now had the perfect spot? Nope. The fact that I had a peaceful retreat from the mahem of the airport? Nope.
The best part was the fact that felt like I “snuck” in. I loved it. I felt like a kid who was enjoying the euphoria of ditching school. I was just in a happy mood….for no good reason. I mean the Club is nice…but it isn’t paradise. But by sneaking in, it felt that way.
Do I recommend that you do the same. By no means. (Do it!) You should never be dishonest. (Do it!) That Club is meant for members and ACTUAL guest. (Do it!)
It’s fun. And it makes you feel like a kid.
PS. United Airlines, if you are reading this, I didn’t really do it. Really. Seriously. I never would. Honest! (It’s hard to type with your fingers crossed.)
It’s watching the audience change from the beginning of the speech to the end of the experience.
Today I spoke for a bunch of social worker types (awesome people!) in Grand Junction, Colorado. These people work hard with out enough money, thanks, or laughs. So my mission (using the word “mission” makes it sound important, huh!) was to come in, make them laugh ’till their sides hurt, and to give them a message of humor and hope.
We started bright and early at 8 AM. (Can you say “caffeine?”) Plus, this is a group that has been hammered. Their work just isn’t that much fun. So the predictable result given the audience and the time was that this group was tired, quite, and subdued.
When I started my comedy motivational speaker thing (heck, even I don’t know what to call it) they were a great audience, but clearly we were starting at the beginning….they were laughing at the right places, nodding at the right times, but they were doing it fairly quietly.
But today was a great example of why I love being a speaker…. because by the end of our 90 minutes together they were animated, laughing VERY loudly, and afterwords that boost of energy was apparent. They were animated, chatty, and bouncy.
I was proud of my work today. I felt like I did a good job. And my reward was seeing the difference in their energy levels from the start to the end. Seeing their arms uncross, their faces light up, and then hearing their laughter is why I have to have one of the best jobs in the world. I know, it sounds like a big cliche’. But heck…. It’s true.
Learn more about the motivational speech I did today in Colorado here.